Participate in article writing contest for the month of May and win exciting cash prizes!

Dear Student,

With an overwhelming response to April’s Article writing contest we are announcing similar contest for the month of May with more exciting prizes. We received more than 100 articles from students across India and the lucky winners are announced for details visit

We urge and request you to continue participating in Charak students’ online activities such as Monthly Online Quiz, Article Writing Contents, Liking & sharing our Facebook contents.

Rewards for participating in the Article Writing Competition, May 2017:

2 winners will be announced every week. Out of these weekly winners, 1 mega winner and one mega runner-up will be declared.

Winners will receive certificates and cash prizes every week and will get chance to win monthly mega cash rewards as well. The details of cash prizes to be won are as mentioned below:




Besides the rewards, the photographs of the winners will also be uploaded on Charak’s facebook page.

The “Article Writing Contest” begins on 08 th May 2017.

You have the liberty of choosing any one of the topic from the list as mentioned below:

1.      Taking care of urticaria


2.   Managing ‘Abnormal Uterine Bleeding’ naturally


3.   Managing chronic back pain


4.   Comforting IBS naturally

Modus Operandi &Terms and conditions of participating in the “Article Writing Contest”

1. “Like” and “Share” the “Article Writing Competition” page

2. Post your article at [email protected]

3. Article must consist of the contents and style as mentioned below:

a. Should be in blog format

b. Word count – minimum 500 and maximum 800

c. Content should be relevant to the topic selected

d. The content must be in English

e. The article must be in “Word doc”

f. The article should be original work and not a plagiarism

g. Research articles/Thesis synopsis will not be considered as Articles

Tips on writing the article:

1. For this contest, we are looking for health related articles based on the topics suggested. Writers have to express his/her ideas and expertise on the subject. The article should be original work and not a copy paste. The article should be in simple, easy to understand language for common people.

2. The article must begin with an intro paragraph with definition, statistics, prevalence, facts, focus and attention – grabbing points. (approx. 200 words)

3. The next paragraph (section) must elaborately include findings, causes, risk factors and the core reason of the relevant condition/title of the topic/indication

4. The third section must include current treatment options for the given condition/title of the topic/indication

5. In the final section, enlist/mention the useful herbs and minerals for the management of the given condition/title of the topic/indication.

6. Finally, conclude with your opinion, analysis, and comments on the topic.

Before posting the article please proof read your article.

Submission of the articles – The timeline for submitting the article is 13 th May 2017. Please post/submit your article at [email protected].

Note – Students can participate every week and write on different topics.


Team Charak

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Comforting IBS Naturally

Author – Vd. Pritam C. Vaity, M. D. Scholar, (First prize winner)

Dept. of  Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana,

YMT Ayurved PG institute,

Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as the name suggests, is a disorder in which the bowel becomes irritable and the life of the patient gets overall disturbed.  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized by a group of symptoms including abdominal pain and changes in the pattern of bowel movements without any evidence of underlying structural damage. IBS is a functional gastrointestinal disorder. The complaints may be continuous or intermittent and chronic by nature. This disorder is not life threatening; however, it may terribly affect the quality of life of people suffering from it. Such people look apparently normal but may feel less capable of taking part in daily activities owing to their discomfort. They even tend to miss out on their work or school more often.  Compared to most other countries, the prevalence rate of IBS is low in India (about 4.5 %) but is showing a rising trend. Statistics reveal that IBS is twice as common in women compared to men.

The primary symptoms of IBS are

  1. Abdominal pain or discomfort in association with frequent diarrhoea or constipation and a change in bowel habits.
  2. Urgency for bowel movements
  3. A feeling of incomplete evacuation of stools
  4. Abdominal distension or bloating

Other commonly associated symptoms with IBS include urine related complaints, headache, backache, chronicfatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, reduction in libido (in some cases). IBS can be classified into types depending on whether diarrhoea is more common or constipation is more common.

The causes of IBS are not clearly stated in today’s health science.  Similarly there is no specific laboratory or imaging test to diagnose IBS.It is diagnosed on the basis of the symptoms of the patient and by performing various investigations in order to rule out the other diseases having similar symptoms. As per the current health science, there is no cure for IBS. Treatment is given to improve symptoms. This may include dietary changes, medication (laxatives, opioids, anti-depressants etc.), probiotics, and counseling.Ayurveda, however, has a solution to this health issue.

The description of IBS in Ayurveda literature can be found under the title Grahani (particularly vatajagrahani), vishtabdhajeerna and bhayatisara. Symptoms of the patient, a detailed history and examination facilitates in understanding the disease according to ayurveda concepts and providing effective treatment. The general theme of the above mentioned diseases revolves around improper diet and improper eating habits leading to agnivikruti (abnormality in the digestive fire) which is the major cause of this condition. According to Ayurveda, stress and anxiety can be both a cause as well as an effect of IBS.

Classical ayurvedic treatment of IBS depends on the causes of the disease, the status of doshas and dushyas and accordingly includes treatment like srotoshodhana, agnideepana, vatanuloma and manoharshana   which can be achieved by various ayurvedic panchakarma therapies, medicinal formulations, dietary advice and yoga exercises. A definite cure for IBS cannot be achieved until the primary cause has not been eliminated which lies in improper eating habits. Eating fresh and healthy food in sufficient quantity at the right time is the key for treatingand preventing IBS. Simple remediesinclude the use of ginger, garlic, cumin seeds (Jeera), fennel seeds (sauf), ajwain seeds, asafoetida (hing) which facilitates agni (digestive fire). In cases of frequent constipation, herbal laxatives like triphalamight help. But avoid taking laxative (or rather purgative) formulations containing croton tiglium (jamalgota), castor oil without consulting an expert as it might help initially but its improper use might worsen the symptoms in the long run. Excessive indulgence in sexual activities and holding or delaying the natural urges (ie. an urge to pass urine and stools)should be avoided. Yogic exercises and pranayama should be done as it works both on the physical as well as the mental aspects thus curing IBS. Appropriate sleep at night time is also extremely essential.

At the end, a sootra from CharakaSamhita to conclude this article.

मात्रयाऽप्यभ्यवहृतं पथ्यं चान्नं जीर्यति!



It means that a fresh, healthy and nutritious meal will not get properly digested and assimilated in the person consuming it, if he is worried, depressed, sad, scared, and angry, sleeps during day time and stays awake at night.

Thus, if one’s aahara (food), vihara (lifestyle), aachara (behavior), and psychological state goes out of tune as mentioned above, on a regular basis, the bowel is bound to get irritable sooner or later thus leading to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).


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Author – Dr AkshayaGhanshyam Patil

PG Scholar (Panchakarma) ,

YMT Ayuredic Medical College,Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

Since childhood every mom asks her children to have healthy homemadefood, to do regular exercises and disciplined dietary habits. Everyparentis always beeninterested that therechild eatshealthy nutritional diet. Have you ever thought why things must have been like that in earlier days, why grandma used to cook homemade healthy delicious food so that here children never eats junk, unhealthy food?It has been said by Hippocrates that “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Healthy food allows the body to receive the proper nutrients to function well and gives the person energy and vitality.

Now-a-days, lifestyle disorders like unhealthy dietary habits, physical habits, disturbed sleep and rest patterns are the principle factors that cause many digestion related disease.Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also one such disease which occurs due to the ingestion of unwholesome diet. According to Ayurvedic science, this disease can be considered as a Grahaniroga.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects about 10% of the adult population and 70% are women. It is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. There is no reliable medical treatment for IBS in modern medicine various efforts have been made to overcome this problem by the virtue of Ayurvedic therapy. So, to overcome such disease, Ayurveda has a complete solution.


Faulty dietary habit and faulty life style are main etiological factors responsible for Doshadushti(imbalance of three energies vata,pitta,kapha) resulting in Agnimandhya(weak digestive power). Frequent unhealthy junk food intake, disturbed schedule of meals, stress leads to Mandagni (weaken digestive metabolism) and ultimately person suffers from Grahaniroga. It is said that grahani and agni are interdependent; due to this nature these two are responsible for proper functioning of each other. Mandagni for long period leads to disease called as Grahaniroga. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder in which abdominal pain or discomfort is associated with defecation or change in bowel habits. Ayurveda characterizes the disease by the passage of stools alternated with constipation or diarrhoea and with undigested food particles. Also lower abdominal pain, abdominal distension, indigestion, tastelessness, nausea, all joint pain are the symptoms often seen.GrahaniDosha is due to functional derangement of Grahani. Grahani roga is considered as the advance stage. According to Ayurveda the chief site for digestion of food is Grahani and is considered as an organ where agni resides. Malfunction of Agni and Grahani, the organs, is responsible for IBS.


People suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome are often recommended their diet as they might have intolerance towards certain type of foods. Other common recommendations are inclusion of fiber supplements and use of laxatives. Ayurveda has effective formulations like Panchmuladya churna,Nagkesar churna,Panchamrut parparti,Loha Parpati,Tamra Parpati, Kutaj Parpati, Trikatu Churna, Avipattikar churna, Bilwa Churna,Tikta ghrut, Shunthi ghrut, Lokath Ras recommended to take with Takra or lukewarm water as anupan (those substances which are drunk along with or after medicine or food intake). Dosage of these formulations depends upon the stage of disease, condition of patient. Takra has great importance in treating Grahani dosha. Formulations that strengthen digestive power (deepan-pachan) are given while treating IBS.


Pathya Ahara & Vihar (DOs): Regular intake ofTakra(buttermilk),Sashti-shalivariety of rice, green gram,Fruits,Vegetables..


Benefits of Takra (Buttermilk) – It is an excellent anupan because it stimulates the power of  digestion, it is grahi (constipative) and light for digestion. Buttermilk is a good source of protein, Calcium, Potassium and Vitamin B Complex (Riboflavin).Due to its low fat content, it is easily digestible.Moreover, it contains Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria which acts as probiotic thus,facilitates digestion of food and produces vitamins.


Benefits of warm water– warm water stimulate hunger, help digestion, and relieve hiccup and flatulence.

Pathya Vihar: Nidra (sleep well), rest and activities that keep mind happy. Amongst the several remedies available today, one stands out as a time-tested savoir –Pranayam. Unhealthy eating habits are the direct cause of disturbed agni. To promote the healing, disorders of agni, indigestion or other ailments, Pranayam is beneficial for the mind and the body which increases stress resistance. Yoga is an ancient technique that works on the physical as well as psychological level and relieves the body of ailments like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is turn aids in overcoming the disorder and eventually restores the body to an optimum condition. Yoga is also well known as a relaxation and anxiety alleviating tool, thus helping to cope with the emotional stress. Yoga Sutras, defines Pranayama as “regulation of incoming and outgoing breath coupled with retention. Factors such as stress and depression can lead to initial symptom associated with IBS. Stress and depression disruptmainly the functioning of agni. Pranayam strengthens the body is conductive to the agni and rids the body of stress.

Apathya Ahara & Vihar (DON’Ts): Fermentated, oily, spicy food items, canned food, junk food, leftover food, overeating, irregular timings of meal, starving for long time, stress, irregular sleep.


To conclude Aharaj-Abhojana (excessive fasting), Atibhojana(excessive food intake),Vishama Bhojana (improper food) Asatmya Bhojana (unwholesome food) etc, are probable  causes of IBS. To combat IBS proper dietary habits, daily exercises along with ayurvedic remedies are the ways that can comfort IBS naturally.